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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Kyle Lewis trade Diamondbacks Mariners

The Diamondbacks needed an outfielder?

The Mariners and D-backs have reached an agreement that will send 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Kyle Lewis to the D-backs in exchange for catcher/outfielder Cooper Hummel, a source told MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer.

jimfurtado Posted: November 17, 2022 at 07:50 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kyle lewis, mariners

AFL performances impacting rankings: Pipeline Inbox

Given that he was a Top 100 Prospect before his health issues, does Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad’s solid 2022 season and great AFL performance get him back into the Top 100 conversation?—Chris W., Harrisburg, Pa.

I always caution about reading too much into Fall League performance because it’s a small sample and the hitters are significantly better than the pitchers. In Kjerstad’s case, I’ll make an exception. Because he came down with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, he didn’t make his pro debut until two years after the Orioles made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Kjerstad faced better arms than he ever had before in the AFL and won MVP honors while hitting .357/.385/.622 and leading the developmental circuit in hits (35), doubles (nine), extra-base hits (15) and total bases (61). He offers big left-handed power and while his K/BB ratio was 31/5 in 104 plate appearances, scouts believe that didn’t reflect any flaws with his swing or pitch recognition. He’s not afraid to fall behind in the count while zeroing in on specific pitches and zones early in at-bats, and he can make some refinements to that approach.

One evaluator I spoke to thought Kjerstad was the best prospect in the AFL, ahead of even Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker, who ranks No. 6 on the Top 100. He was one of the top five prospects in the league and that definitely will put him in the Top 100 conversation when we update the list again in January.


Thursday, August 18, 2022

He got a job via LinkedIn—Major League player

Having long been interested in the real estate business, Garrett had gotten his real estate license in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020 began what he thought would be his new career.

“I was doing well,” Garrett said. “I had sold several houses, some to buddies, some to investors. I was doing pretty well.”

Still, Garrett couldn’t help but think he still had something to offer the game of baseball.

So he signed with an independent league for the next year. He had joined LinkedIn when he first got his real estate license because he heard it could be important for business.

“I was about to delete LinkedIn, two weeks before I got [a] message,” Garrett said. “There was an old video coordinator from the Gulf Coast League, my first year of pro ball. He reached out and said, ‘Hey, glad to see you doing real estate.’ I said, ‘Hey, do you know anybody that needs an outfielder? I feel like I can still compete at Double-A or above.’ He said, ‘No, but let me ask around.’ We had an [former] Marlins guy in the front office with the Diamondbacks, Brett West. Two days later I was signed to come to Spring Training. It’s pretty crazy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, linkedin, stone garrett

Monday, August 01, 2022

Royals acquire Luke Weaver from D-backs for Emmanuel Rivera

In a move to strengthen their pitching staff and give them more flexibility ahead of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. CT Trade Deadline, the Royals acquired right-hander Luke Weaver from the D-backs for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, the club announced on Monday night.

Weaver, who turns 29 this month, has made 12 appearances (one start) for Arizona this season with a 7.71 ERA—a number that ballooned early because of right shoulder inflammation. He missed most of April and all of May dealing with the injury, but over eight appearances in July, he allowed one run on four hits to go with eight strikeouts over eight innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 11:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, luke weaver, royals

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Diamondbacks’ young players ‘work in progress’ jumping up from minors

A really nice article about the jump from AAA to MLB.

But the biggest factor might be the information. Major league clubs have staffs dedicated to producing scouting reports for their pitchers to follow, and they are able to identify hitters’ weaknesses and generate plans of attack better than anything hitters have seen in the minors. Combine that information with the talent to execute and hitters are often overwhelmed.

jimfurtado Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:08 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, player development, prospects

 

 

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